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Biography of George Clinton

For many generations the name of Clinton has been a name for New York State to conjure with. The public achievements of George Clinton and his fame as a farseeing statesman have been somewhat obscured by the later brilliancy of DeWitt Clinton, of the same clan. George Clinton was born on July 26, 1739, in what is now the Town of New Windsor, Orange County, N. Y. He was the youngest son of Charles Clinton, who came from the North of Ireland. He was born in 1690 and died in Orange County in 1773. It should be stated by way of explanation regarding the birthplace of George Clinton, that he was born in what was then the County of Ulster, but his life work and political associations were confined largely to this county. In the year 1797 Orange County included the present county of Rockland, its northern boundary extending only as far as Murderer’s Creek. In that year, what is now Rockland County, was detached, and five towns then in Ulster County, viz, New Windsor, New burgh, Wallkill, Montgomery and Deerpark were annexed to Orange County, whereby Orange County acquired its present dimensions. George Clinton resided at New Windsor and the house in which he lived is still in existence. His first noteworthy adventure was connected with privateering in the French war of 1763. He was an officer in the expedition against Fort Frontenac, and after the war went into law and politics. He was chosen to the Colonial Assembly and to the Continental Congress and was made a Brigadier General in the Revolutionary Army. In 1777 he was...

Biography of David Milton Boyd

David Milton Boyd, secretary of the Traffic Motor Truck Corporation of St. Louis, was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, August 1, 1878, and is a son of Trustin Brown and Emily (Tousey) Boyd, who are now residents of St. Louis. Their family numbered two sons, the younger being Ingram F., who Is the president of the Boyd-Richardson Men’s Apparel Company of this city. In the acquirement of his education, David Milton Boyd attended Smith Academy of St. Louis, which he entered in 1887, completing his course by graduation in June, 1896. He afterward attended Yale University and won his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1899. He started out in the business world as a representative of the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, holding a clerical position with that company until 1901. In the following year he entered the employ of Russell Sage at New Paltz, New York, and in 1900 was made general superintendent of the New Paltz & Poughkeepsie Traction Company, so continuing until 1901. In that year he became general manager of the Shore Line Railway at St. Johns, New Brunswick, where he remained until 1904. During the succeeding five years he was again connected with the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, acting as private secretary to the vice president and later was appointed division freight agent at Newark, New Jersey. With his return to St. Louis Mr. Boyd became identified with the T. B. Boyd Furnishing Goods Company, handling men’s wearing apparel. He entered the business on the 1st of May, 1909, and became secretary, treasurer and director. The usiness has since been reorganized under the name...

Biography of James O’Neill

James O’Neill came to the northwest from the far-off Atlantic coast: nor have his travels been limited by his journey across the continent, for he spent some time among the mountains in the distant south. He was born in Rondout, New York, May 6, 1861 his parents being Patrick and Hannah (Mullroy) O’Neill, natives of Ireland. Both crossed the Atlantic to the United States in childhood, and were reared, educated and married in the Empire state. The father, who was a tanner by trade, died when our subject was only about five years old leaving the mother to care for her five small children. She lived to be fifty-five years of age and departed this life in Jarmyn, Pennsylvania. When a mere lad of seven summers James O’Neill began to earn his own living in the coal breakers of Pennsylvania, receiving forty-two cents per day for his services. His youth was one of hard toil and his entire life has been one of diligence. In 1879 he left the east and went to the Black Hills, settling at Lead City, South Dakota, where he engaged in mining for a year. He then went to Tombstone, Arizona, where he followed mining for a short time, after which he made his way to the Coeur d’Alene country on the discovery of the rich mineral deposits there. Later he was identified with mining interests at Butte, Montana, and thence went to Rocky Bar, Idaho, continuing his mining operations until November 3, 1896, when he was elected assessor of Elmore County and came to Mountain Home. Acceptably discharging the duties of that position,...

Samuel Todd of Middletown NY

Samuel Todd5, (Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 19, 1756, in Plymouth, Conn., died March 18, 1852, in New York State and was buried in the Cloveville cemetery, married first in 1779, Mary, daughter of Capt. John and Lois (Brockett) Dudley of Wallingford, Conn., who was born in 1759, died July 11, 1841. The inscription on her monument in the Clovesville, N. Y. cemetery reads, “In memory of Mary, wife of Samuel Todd, who lived together 62 years, died July 11, 1841, Aged 82 yrs.” He married second May 8, 1842, Jane Rosecrans at Shandaken, N. Y., who was born in 1786. His widow was allowed a pension on an application executed July 11, 1853, at which time she was a resident of Shandaken, Ulster county, N. Y. and was 67 years of age. He moved to Middletown, Delaware county, N. Y. in 1802. Samuel Todd was a private in Capt. Joseph Allyn Wright’s company of the fifth regiment, Connecticut line, his Colonel was Col. Phillip Burr Bradley. He enlisted April 30, 1777 for three years, and was discharged April 30, 1780. Fifth regiment, “Connecticut Line.” Formation of 1777-81. This regiment was raised for the “Connecticut Line of 1777 to continue through the war. Recruited largely in Fairfield and Litchfield counties with men from all parts of the state. Rendevous, Danbury. Went into camp at Peekskill in spring of 1777, and in Sept. ordered to Pennsylvania with McDougall’s Brigade. Engaged at battle of Germantown, Oct. 4, 1777, and suffered some loss. Assingned to Huntington’s Brigade and wintered at Valley Forge, 1777-78. On June 28, 1778, present at battle of...

Dyer Todd of Hardenburgh NY

Dyer Todd7, (Burr6, Samuel5, Samuel4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Jan. 14, 1821, died Dec. 1, 1879, he was twice married, first, Lucy Anne Seager, second, Electa, daughter of Walter and Esther (Allaben) Stratton, who was born Oct. 25, 1818, and married first, Samuel Mullineux. They lived in Hardenburgh, Ulster County, N. Y. Child by Lucy A. Seager: *1428. Hiram Burr, b. July 26, 1848. Children by Electa Stratton: 1429. Stratton B., b. June 19, 1862. 1430. Emily A., b. Oct. 4,...

Harriet Cooke Todd Bowers of Dryden NY

BOWERS, Harriet Cooke Todd7, (Eleazer6, Ruel5, Job4, Ithamar3, Michael2, Christopher1) born July 22, 1822, in Dryden, N. Y., died April 6, 1911, married Dec. 6, 1840, in Libertyville, N. Y., John Bowers, of Lansing, N. Y., who was born July 7, 1813, in Homer, N. Y. Children: I. Sarah Louverna, b. Dec. 23, 1841, in Peruville, N. Y. II. Mary Jane, b. May 28, 1844, in Summer Hill, Cayuga County, N. Y., m. Feb. 4, 1864, Henry S. Jewell. III. John Seymour, b. May 21, 1845, in Summer Hill, N. Y., d. Aug. 6, 1909, in Elgin, Ill., m. Dec. 2, 1869, Jane Hammer. IV. Dennis M., b. March 24, 1847, in Dryden, N. Y., m. 1888, Bertha Webster. V. Susan Minerva, b. June 28, 1849, in Auburn, N. Y., m. Sept. 24, 1872, Lewis E. Rhynder. VI. Ida, b. Sept. 27, 1855, d. Feb. 1, 1863. VII. Charles Willard, b. Jan. 15, 1859, m. Dec. 14, 1892, Carrie J. McDonald. VIII. Hattie, b. April 28, 1861, d. Feb. 1, 1863. IX. Myrtie, b. Sept. 12, 1863, m. Jan. 25, 1888, Everett D....

Biographical Sketch of Abram Hasbrouck

Abram Hasbrouck, City Mayor, and dealer in hardware and agricultural implements, Mattoon; was born in Ulster Co., N. Y., in 1825; his early life was passed upon the farm, and his education, such as was derived from the common schools; he remained on the homestead until about 25 years of age; in 1854, he came West and first settled in Michigan; here he engaged in operating a hotel; in 1857, he moved to Milwaukee, and conducted the “Walker House” two years; the winter of 1859 he spent in Chicago, not actively engaged in business; in 1860, he located in Mattoon, and opened his present business; his is the pioneer hardware establishment of the city; he was chosen Mayor of the city in the spring of 1878, and is deservedly popular as a city official and business man. He was married in 1855 to Louisa G. Smith, a native of Vermont; has one daughter-Helen S. Owns 140 acres in Coles Co., some fine business property in the city, and an eligible city...

Biography of Samuel R. Langworthy

Samuel R. Langworthy is one of the most progressive and energetic real-estate and insurance men of Riverside. He established his office and business in May 1888, at a time when the “boomers ” were rapidly retiring from the field of real estate in disgust. He is not a boomer,” but is a wide awake, energetic business man, confining himself to legitimate straightforward dealings, and his success in business and the rapid extension of his operations are a sufficient proof that bona-fide real-estate transactions can always be consummated in Riverside, when based upon their real value. It is to his efforts that many desirable but cheap cottage homes are springing into existence on the east side of Riverside, and are being placed within the means of an industrious labor element that is seeking a residence in the city and valley. By a system of monthly payments but little exceeding fair rental for the property, he has made it possible for the poor to obtain comfortable homes. Mr. Langworthy is a native of Ulster County, New York, and dates his birth in 1859. His parents, John S. and Emma (Fordham) Langworthy, were natives of that State. His father, Major John S. Langworthy, was a prominent merchant of Ulster County. At the outbreak of the civil war in 1861 he promptly offered his services to the Government, and was appointed and commissioned as a paymaster in the United States army. At the close of the war he was discharged from the military service and appointed Deputy Comptroller of Currency in the United States Treasury at Washington. He then brought his family to...

Biography of Aaron Rose

AARON ROSE. – This gentleman, one of the earliest pioneers of the Umpqua valley, was born in Ulster county, in the State of New York, June 20, 1813, and was raised a farmer. He was married to Minerva Kelley in 1838. He crossed the plains with his family in 1851, arriving at Foster’s August 22d, and came directly to the valley of the South Umpqua, and settled at the mouth of Deer creek, upon the present site of the flourishing city of Roseburg, Oregon, September 23, 1851. He at once built a house and engaged in farming, in which he was very successful. His house was for many years used as a tavern, which will be kindly remembered by all the old pioneers who used to pack or travel over the road to and from the mines. In 1854 the county-seat of Douglas county was removed by a vote of the people, from Winchester to Mr. Rose’s farm, when a town was surveyed, which was named Roseburg by its settlers. Mr. Rose showed his liberality at the time by donating the site for the public buildings, and contributing one thousand dollars towards the erection of the first courthouse. He was elected a member of the territorial legislature of 1855-56; but he has never since been a candidate for any office. Possessing great energy, he has always been foremost in every public enterprise. Upon the completion of the Oregon & California Railroad to Roseburg, he laid off a handsome addition to the city, one-half of which he donated to the company as a bonus for the establishment of a depot....

Biography of Jacob Krohn

Jacob Krohn, Freeport, is the president of the Second National bank of that city, and his careful and conservative management has made it one of the solid institutions of the North-west, for its name and reputation extend far beyond the limits of city or county. Mr. Krohn was born in Pyritz, Pomerania, Prussia, February 22, 1832, exactly one hundred years after the birth of Washington, and received his early education in the schools of his native city. When he was twenty years old he left his Prussian home to found another under more kindly auspices on the soil of the New World. He embarked on the sailing vessel ” Gutenberg,” leaving Hamburg in October, 1852, and after a long and perilous voyage of some four months landed at New York early in the following year. The vessel was much tossed about by rough and stormy winds, and came into the harbor bereft of the greater portion if not all of its sails. He was glad enough to press his foot once more upon the solid earth. He had learned the trade of making cigars, and found employment in that occupation in the cities of New York and Saugerties for some two years. He came to Chicago in 1855, and very shortly after to Freeport. This city pleased him, and he determined that his┬áhome should be here. He rented a shop and began to manufacture and sell cigars. He made good goods, was accommodating and friendly, and his trade increased so rapidly that in 1858 he was forced to seek larger quarters. In 1861 he built a large store on...

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